ESL One Manila: Pinoys, gear up for battle

Dota 2 Ben “PineappleCake” Tan

One Filipino team will be guaranteed a spot at the ESL One Manila LAN finals, the journey to the event starts with a Filipino only open qualifiers.

The ESL One Manila LAN event that is slated to take place on the 23rd and 24th of April at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila will be getting a Filipino qualifier. The Filipino qualifiers will be split into two parts, phase one and two.

Phase one will be taking place between the 24th of January and the 6th of March and will consist of several open qualifiers which will admit a total of eight teams into phase two. Phase two will feature 12 teams in a single elimination bracket, the eight teams which qualified through the open qualifiers are seeded into round one of the bracket and the four invited teams - Mineski, TnC, Execration and Extremist - will be seeded into the second round. The winner will represent the Philippines in the ESL One Manila LAN finals.

ESL One Manila will be one of the biggest Dota2 tournaments to ever take place in the SEA region, being hosted in a venue with a 20,000 seating capacity and a $250,000 prize pool. The tickets for the event are already on sale, ranging from $10 for a general admission ticket and $106 for a premium ticket; the tickets are selling well, with a majority of ticket options being sold out.


Will an invited team or a team from the qualifiers win the Pinoy qualifiers?

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Ben “PineappleCake” Tan
Inactive editor for Gosugamers Dota2 and an osu! Standard lover. Contact me via a message on Gosugamers or email to [email protected]


  • Choco "chococake" Cake ,
    Not good enough to get an invite or win SEA qualifiers, so they created their own Pinoy qualifiers?! How is this fair to other teams?
    • Aram "jupzggwp" Semblante ,
      dats what u call homecourt!
    • Mike "blackicon" Dekim ,
      Now it would be bad for local publicity if no pinoy team get to play wouldn't it. Don't worry they will be eliminate fast enough.
    • no "Calcite-AW" no ,
      no salt here. but not fair against all the other tier 3-4 teams rofl
    • Sir "melvinwaaa" Friendzone ,
      It's to guarantee a Pinoy team on a Pinoy qualifying tournament on Pinoy soil. Make no mistake though, that 1 Pinoy team will get rekt fast. LOL! Still, it's a good exposure for e-sports. GL to all teams!
  • Jem "dr3amcatch3r" Julz ,
    One Filipino team will be guaranteed a spot and will be eliminated immediately anyways at the ESL One Manila LAN finals, the journey to the event starts with a Filipino only open qualifiers. wkakakak \m/
  • jvoy "DVO-paws-jvOyrOckz" mosquera ,
    wahahahahahahah haters gonna hate mate..dont worry esl will come to ur town and held an event soon
  • Kyrl Haydn "MercyrL" LIgan ,
    Lol... Lots of salt here... Watch your kidneys... The format is just to guarantee 1 pinoy team in the main event. how's that unfair? the other low tier teams will go on another qualifier.
    • no "Calcite-AW" no ,
      0% salt here that i can see. bro, just the fact the fact that other teams doesn´t have a guaranteed place. and the pinoys have, it´s a good but not as well thought out idea.
  • Nel "GosuGamers_user_364782" Gal ,
    Incoming fake accounts hating on pinoys. HAHA!


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